Sharing – 32 Surprising Mental Health Statistics

Sharing – 32 Surprising Mental Health Statistics

This article from Talkspace offers a lot of statistics to back up the claim that mental health issues are impacting people at a much, much, higher rate than we probably think they are. Take this single line from the longer article, for example: 1.1% of U.S. adults experience schizophrenia; 2.6% adults live with bipolar disorder;…

Link – The Tragedy of Mental Illness Stigma

Link – The Tragedy of Mental Illness Stigma

This is atrocious. Think about this for a second: “About half of people in the United States are estimated to have a diagnosable mental illness at some point in their lives. Whether we’re talking about major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia, or a host of other mental health conditions, this accounts for more than…

Link – Early intervention important when fighting depression

Link – Early intervention important when fighting depression

Don’t wait and hope it’ll get better. “Early intervention is important in many other psychiatric conditions as well. Schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and other mood conditions such as bipolar disorder are just a few examples of chronic psychiatric conditions that benefit from early intervention.” On the other hand, this is why we need to do so…

Link – Can we please stop labelling ourselves with our mental illnesses?

Link – Can we please stop labelling ourselves with our mental illnesses?

I’ve often said something similar about being a survivor of abuse, it’s not all we are, we are a million other things as well. Perhaps we should take that same practice to mental health? You may have depression, but it’s not the sum total of you as a person, is it? “You wouldn’t say you…

Reviews Elsewhere – Blinded by Hope by Meg McGuire

Reviews Elsewhere – Blinded by Hope by Meg McGuire

As seen over on the Psych Central site: In her riveting memoir, Blinded by Hope: My Journey Through My Son’s Bipolar Illness and Addiction, McGuire tells the story of her son Ryan who battles bipolar, addiction and incarceration. Yet on a much larger level, McGuire exposes the messy and often heartbreaking reality of mental illness….